Cash Registers: 5 Fast Facts

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Fact #1. A cash register is a mechanical or electronic device for recording and calculating business transactions. It is typically attached to a money drawer for convenient cash storage, and to a printer for quick receipt creation. This ensures that both you and your customers have a record of every purchase.
Fact #2. Many businesses today leverage computers with point of sale software. These are capable of reading scales and product bar codes. They can also allow the customer to use a touchscreen interface to complete a transaction. This happens in conjunction with a cash register in many cases.
Fact #3. Many electronic cash registers feature a No Sale key. It's primary function is to open the cash drawer, print a receipt, and maintain a record that the drawer was opened. For additional security, many require the use of a numeric password or a physical key to open the cash drawer itself. This limits the number of potential staff having access to a day's cash profits and prevents theft.
Fact #4. These receipts maintain a record of the agent or owner's consent to open the drawer in the first place. No-sale receipts make it possible to track cash register activity at a given time. They often record the name of the cashier logged into the point-of-sale system at the time the drawer was opened.
Fact #5. The first working mechanical cash register came to be after the American Civil War. The patent was filed in 1883 in Dayton, Ohio by the owners of a saloon. This first machine was originally referred to as Ritty's Incorruptible Cashier. Its main reason for use was to prevent employee embezzlement. The machine used metal taps with pressed-in denominations to represent the amount of a particular sale.